To:KOS update Usher Tony <>
Sent:04/04/2020 21:03
Subject:Knutsford Nature News #10
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Saturday 4th April 2020
I visited Fox Harbour again this morning, following the route we took in June last year on our KOS evening walk, beginning at the top of Mill Lane, walking down to Pedley Brook, which I followed as far as the footpath leading up to Gleavehouse Lane, before returning home via Pavement Lane.
32 species today, 4 more than yesterday, with a very pleasant surprise in the form of a fine cock Wheatear in the big field opposite Gleavehouse Farm. It was feeding alongside a wet patch of ground, a short distance from a pair of Oystercatchers, whilst overhead 2 Skylarks were singing - crisis. What crisis?

Darren Morris seems to continuing with his exploration of Mobberley's network of narrow lanes.
Another hobby combo day, so a 12km run/punk music/ birding route around my new lockdown patch, Mobberley.
Out of Knutsford turning left onto Broadoak Lane a charm of goldfinches sprung from the hedgerow and a clump of flowering blackthorn.
A few chaffinches, blue and great tits along the route to the old chapel house pub.
Then right on to Small Lane and Hobcroft Lane where I spotted a buzzard soaring. Lots of celandine in flower, as were some primroses in the hedge side.
Two owls along the way, although neither can count as they were both chainsaw carvings, by Tim Burgess I suspect. Through the lovely part near to the church again then back through the village centre.
Dipped out on ticking Tony or Jayne again!

Maria Freel has been holding the fort in Tatton while Darren's been wearing out his trainers!
Hey Tony,
Usual things today at Tatton. Blue, great, coal and long tailed tits. Goldfinch, green finch, goldcrest and robin. Lots of pheasant calling and posturing. I heard skylark calling over the fields. Lastly a flock of redwing.

I had an interesting note last night from Hugh Pulsford.
Hi Tony
Those out tonight may hear flocks of Ducks moving over, just had a few Common Scoter go over. Distinctive flight/contact call. Also I have heard Wigeon and Teal. 
This is nocturnal migration, birdwatching's "new kid on the block"! I intend to go into more detail on the next "Latest News" update but you may want to look here for a taster. [Tony]

The Blamires appear to have found gardening just as challenging as their as their normal daily yomp!

Spent all day gardening - we're exhausted - looking forward to 5-mile walk tomorrow to relax!!

The only highlight was when 3 Oystercatchers were flying over our heads several times making a racket - obviously a dispute J

Cheers  ........... Sheila

The Barbers - Gill and Steve were also working the land today.

Busy in the garden this morning Gill had c30 Fieldfare fly over.  We had a short walk from home late in the afternoon. What were presumably the same Fieldfare flew off a field and over the village.  A small copse with a stream running through it had at least ten singing species including Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Treecreeper. Best though was a pair of Grey Wagtails feeding in the stream - our first of the species in the lockdown.  Away from the copse three Buzzards circled high in the clearing skies and a Tree Sparrow called from an overgrown hedge.  Unless I doze off I'll try for Common Scoter again this evening. All I heard last evening were some annoyingly loud cattle.

Cheers ........ Steve

Derek and Jean went in search of the warbler with a strange call. They rang me and relayed it over the phone. I thought it was a call of some kind and definitely not the song of either Willow Warbler of Chiffchaff.

First action of the day eviction, Blue Tits were evicted by Great Tits from nest box a lot of coming and going  on in surrounding bushes. 

 Sudlow Lane. We got out quite early, although by Dave Bowman standards early afternoon, anyway we had lane to ourselves for best part of the first hour then came the bikes. All ages of bikes, all ages of people, all conditions A few pedestrians, a few joggers and our local female runner, I mean runner - she lopes past then puts on the after burners - wow!  I digress; back to birds Carrion Crow chasing Buzzard.  A field with 100 plus Rooks and a few Jackdaws. Jean said she could hear a peewit( typical Mobberley) I could not but on return walk we must have seen 6/8 birds displaying in a distant field lovely sight. M6 very quiet,  mainly lorries just like the sixties. 

 The list Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit Blackbird, Magpie, Woodpigeon, House Sparrow, Starling, Carrion Crow, Skylarks we heard them in 3 separate places Cormorant, Chaffinch, Robin, Coal Tit Goldfinch, Fieldfare,Pheasant Rooks Jackdaws, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff Wren, Song Thrush, Mallard, Buzzard, Oystercatcher, BHGull Jay LTTit Heron Pied Wagtail Lapwing 32species We were surprised yet again no GSpot.

Willow Warbler?

After a great deal of discussion and playing Chiffchaff and Willow warblers on the net in full song as against what we were hearing it was not a Willow Warbler.

I rest my case ........ Derek

Finally for tonight a beautifully written account of her birding day from Jacquie Ledward - no corrections needed just a simple cut and paste - thanks Jacquie!

Hi Tony

I hope you and Olwen are keeping well during these strange times of social isolation.

Ruby and I went for a  circular walk last night (3rd March).  We went via Cogshall Lane  and crossed the fields to Cogshall Lane (The Marbury Patch WhatsApp had reported sightings of 2 Grey Partridges and 2 Wheatears in a field near Cogshall Lane earlier in the day, although they were nowhere to be seen) but we were rewarded with lovely views of a very obliging Yellowhammer perched on an oak tree and heard a few more calling.   We saw the usual Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Great Tits, House Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Jackdaws and Chaffinch.  Further down the lane we spotted of two hares near a wooded area at the bottom of the fields. Sadly,  this is a rare sighting in my local area and we were both excited to see them.

We crossed Warrington Road and as we headed down to Hopyards Wood, we could hear a Green Woodpecker calling in the distance.  Further on as we approached Hopyard's Wood we had great views of the Woodpecker and a Goldfinch which was perched nearby.  When we descended deeper into the wood we saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

We continued to Budworth Mere where we saw Black-headed Gulls, Mallard, Grebe and Coot.  A Buzzard flew across the mere. There were no Sand Martins this time although I saw a small flock on 2nd April during an evening walk.

I'm beginning to appreciate my local patch more than ever........

Regards .......... Jacquie

Thanks once again team. Who'll be first to report a local Swallow? I'm off out now to listen for overflying Common Scoters!

Tony Usher.